#IWSG: April 2020

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeThe Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.

The awesome co-hosts this month are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!



The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, this month ‘s question is: how are things in your world?

Rather than talk about panic buying, fears over loved ones we can’t see in person, rants about (failures in) social distancing, overwhelm from the round-the-clock news cycle’s focus on fear-mongering rather than responsible information provision, I’m going to talk about my win …

I can now sit at my desk. What sounds like a small step is huge for me, as I can actually type again after four horribly long weeks. I’ve tried pecking out character-by-painful-character on my phone and tablet, I even rigged up a tray so I could balance my laptop on a bent knee and a chair arm – but the ergonomics of it defeated me. For while the world has been going into an inexorable lockdown, I’ve been recovering from knee surgery. The first couple of weeks on crutches meant I’d few, if any, thoughts of writing. Since then, I’ve done a bit of scribbling in pen – but now I’m struggling to read my truly dreadful writing, scrawled across the pages of a precariously balanced book.

I consider myself highly fortunate in being a trained typist with decades of secretarial work under my belt, for I still have an enviably high typing speed allowing me to keep up with the flow of my thoughts – something my handwriting simply cannot. My desktop hosts the majority of my software tools, including my copy of Scrivener and Dropbox. When you’re working on a shared manuscript with a co-writer, these tools are critical, and I admit lacking the confidence to try out syncing with my laptop – fearful it would go wrong, cause problems, even result in lost work.

So – for me – normality is returning to my writing world. My mental health has really struggled these last few weeks and, although general anaesthetic and recovery have been major contributors, so has the inability to sit down and type my little heart out.  Now I just need to quiet my mind so creativity has a chance to flow …

 

Whether you’re a writer or not – are there any positives you can share among the current challenges?


© Debra Carey, 2020

 

17 comments

  1. You’re finding a way to write and that’s about as normal of a thing for you to do as anything. I’m glad that your knee is healing and that you’re taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally. Stay safe, be well– and keep on writing to your heart’s content. Also, good luck syncing your machines. I’ve never had good experiences with that.

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  2. Glad you are able to type and write again. My handwriting is terrible and I wouldn’t be able to read it if I tried to hand write a draft.

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  3. Ally, thankyou for the encouraging words. I have to say, the syncing going wrong was my biggest fear – despite the surgery! The things we worry about eh? Hoping you & Zen-Den stay safe & well too.

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  4. CV, thank you 🙂 Considering I went in without any real idea of what was to be expected, I’m not at all unhappy with my progress having re-set my expectations. I was fortunate in having a lovely physiotherapist who’s not only been very positive & encouraging, but also helped me manage my expectations overall and got me to understand it was going to be an up & down journey.

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  5. Thanks Erika – how right you are. Next time, I’ll investigate properly in advance of surgery. But yes, I believe it will come … patience required, and that’s not one of my strong points! 😀

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  6. Oh Natalie, so is mine. I’m still struggling to translate lots of it. Odd thing is I’m really good at working out other people’s handwriting – I could read an old boss’s handwriting better than he could himself!

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  7. It certainly is Alex. I know my mental health suffers when I can’t write or blog. I suspect that’s the way for many of us.

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  8. Thank you James. The writing deals with my mental health, hopefully the social distancing and staying at home will take care of the physical. You take good care too.

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  9. Glad you are getting better. Sometimes I want to write long hand, but when ideas are coming, typing is the way to go. I’m not super great, but I’m glad my mom made me take that one personal typing class in high school, I can keyboard circles around a lot of folks…although my typos are sometimes cringe-worthy. lol

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  10. Hello Helen. Like you, I’ve never regretted learning how to touch type – and the years of practice which put my speed up. It paid the bills for many a year and is still proving its usefulness now.

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